The One-Footed Fairy; And Other Stories

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1911 Excerpt: ... THE LAND WITHOUT COMMON FOLKS IN the Land of the Fair Queens, it would once have been impossible to find a single person who was not of the highest nobility. Kings and queens were as plentiful there as stars in the heavens, and not a soul below the rank of a duke or duchess had ever entered it. If any curious person is anxious to know how this could be, he must understand that all these kings and queens are such as have reigned well for a long period of years, and so are rewarded by entrance into this lovely land, where they grow young again and remain so evermore. Many take with them some faithful friend, a duke or a prince. But, as I said, no common folks are admitted. This might prove a very poor arrangement in some countries, where common folks are depended upon to do common work; but here there is no such need. The labor of life is all accomplished by magic--no one knows how or when. Great banquets rise upon polished tables whenever the kings and queens wish to dine or sup. Spirited horses come trotting up to the door, all saddled and richly caparisoned, if a king but shows a desire to ride. The royal beds are always of luxurious down, and the linen is like snow. Although nobody knows how all this work is brought about, every one is too well bred to display the least curiosity; and so life goes tranquilly on like a gently moving river, undisturbed by effort or discontent. One evening at sunset, all the kings and queens with their courtiers were sitting together upon a smooth green terrace, watching the sky of saffron and rose. It was a noble picture, that of gracious women in fine robes, and men who looked as if they could win a battle or a lady's heart, resting in careless postures, with a deep contentment on their faces, such as is never seen outside...

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